Conduct · Job hunt · Toronto

Professionalism and Workplace Etiquette

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Hey again, 

So for my Co-op class at Seneca, we are learning about how to network, job trends in our field (hence my previous post) and how to manage stress and proper workplace etiquette. Our assignment this week is to highlight and educate, in a creative way, on 1 of the above topics that were presented by my other classmates. I chose professionalism and workplace etiquette because I think it’s the most relevant for many of us who will be starting co-ops in the Fall.

Here are some of the key takeaways from the presentation:

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Toronto · Transportation · Job hunt

Current Government Relations Job Trends in the Transportation Industry

Hey y’all,

I’ve kinda of been on a hiatus due to being busy with school and work. For one of my assignments for my co-op class we are required to talk about job trends in the Government Relations field and job trends in general.

First thing I already know, without having to do any research is that finding a job for young people, ie. new grads like myself, IS EXTREMELY HARD. I’m currently struggling to even find a co-op for the POSTGRAD program I am in. Nothing is guaranteed these days.

Here are some general points about job trends in general:

  • Young people have the highest unemployment rate in Canada.
  • Having a university degree is no guarantee for a job anymore.
  • The most ’employable’ graduates are from STEM programs: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
  • Getting a job these days is all about networking and who you know.

That being said, I thought I would talk about getting a job in the the Transportation field and, more specifically,  getting a Government Relations job in the Transportation field. For the purpose of this post, I’m not limiting my discussion to just public transportation.

Generally speaking, Government Relations job positions are limited in the Transportation field. This is due to the fact that Government Relations departments – in most industries – are very small. I recently spoke with many people who work for large corporations, all who told me that their government relations departments consist of only 10 people maximum, and many of those positions are senior to intermediate level. That means that there will rarely be any entry-level positions in the Government Relations field.

While there are not that many Government Relations jobs in the transportation field, I will post some links to the jobs I have found and discuss each below.

That being said, there other jobs in the transportation industry that can open doors and lead to a Government Relations job in the future. For example, a lot of Government Relations jobs do communications and community relations. Therefore, applying for communications or community relations jobs in the transportation field could lead to Government Relations positions in the future.

A great resource for jobs in the transportation industry are industry associations like The Canadian Urban Transit Association, which has a specific page devoted to jobs in the public transportation industry.

Another resource to check out is government relations/lobbyist consulting firms. There are so many in just the Toronto region. Many of them focus on certain industries – a big one being transportation. For example, Dillion Consulting, focuses primarily on transportation. Additionally, one of their main clients are governments. Another consulting firm to look out for is LEA, which focuses mainly on public transportation in the GTA. Unfortunately neither of these firms are hiring. Global Public Affairs – a Canadian Public Relations and Government Relations firm – has an entire team devoted to transportation and shipping.

This is an example of an expired Stakeholder Relations position at TransLink, a public transportation agency in BC. Many people in the government relations field also do stakeholder relations, so be sure to look out for those type of jobs too.

Finally, a great resource available to all of us Government Relations students is the Public Affairs Association of Canada. Here you can find a list of all the members, whom many work in the Transportation industry. People from CAA, 407 ETR and the Greater Toronto Airport Authority are members of PAAC, and you can find their e-mails through the member list.

Another trend that I discovered in my search is that there is more opportunity in the United States for Lobbying and Government Relations jobs in the transportation industry.

Thats all for now,

Amina

Art · Commuting · Toronto · Transportation

Art meets transportation

Using public transportation to get school, work and everything in between is often time-consuming, especially if you are commuting a long distance. Many commuters bring a book (what I’m currently reading), newspaper, or tablet to occupy time during their commute, however, I’m sure we’ve all experienced that one time when we forgot our headphones  or our most recent reading materials. For me, this happens more often than not. I am repeatedly in a rush to get to the GO Bus, which I take to go to Seneca. If I miss the bus I’m late for class! During this rushing process, I often forget my headphones or a book, making my commute boring. This is where transportation art comes in. Many of us, including myself, find our eyes wandering during our commute – watching people, reading the cover of someone else’s book or looking at advertisements above us. Recently on my commute from downtown, I stumbled upon posters of drawings depicting people on their commute on public transportation. As I walked along the subway cart I saw several more posters. These posters intrigued me to visit the website posted on the footer of the poster, artintransit.ca. The poster campaign, Sketching the Line, allows individual artists to capture moments on buses, subways and streetcars throughout the GTA. Continue reading “Art meets transportation”

Commuting · Conduct · Rules · Toronto · Transportation

Etiquette and Conduct

Today’s thoughts,

There are certain explicit and implicit rules of conduct when taking public transportation. Some of these explicit rules are as obvious as paying for a transit fare, while implicit rules less obvious like resting your feet on a bus seat.

Like most rules, not all are followed. This was recently made evident in a video that went viral of a lady sitting on the feet of a TTC rider.

While I know I don’t follow ALL the rules and codes of conduct, here are some that I ALWAYS follow. Continue reading “Etiquette and Conduct”

Toronto · Transportation

Happy Birthday Toronto!!

So today is Toronto’s 183rd birthday and the city has changed a lot over the years.

And while many people (natives and tourists alike) know Toronto for being a multicultural, ‘alpha’ city and DRAKE, I think of Toronto as a city easily accessible by transit. Since I don’t live close to the core, I usually take the TTC (Toronto Transit Commission) to get downtown. Since today’s all about Toronto, and its history, it’s fitting to talk about the TTC’s history.

In the 1920s a provincial Act created the Toronto Civic Railways, which eventually lead to the establishment of the Toronto Transit Commission in 1954. That was the same year Toronto’s first subway line opened, now commonly known as the Yonge-Univeristy line or Line 1. The Bloor-Danforth line or Line 2  followed shortly after. The period between 1954 to the 1980’s is known as the ‘subway boom’ in TTC history. Continue reading “Happy Birthday Toronto!!”